Nagisa-no-Koban (Seaside Patrol Stations) Project

THE FUTURE OF OUR OCEAN

Nagisa-no-Koban Making a Clean Ocean that Can Be Enjoyed Safely with Peace of Mind

The ocean gives so much bounty that it is referred to as “Mother Ocean,” and based on this idea, The Nippon Foundation has been supporting groups working in seaside locations to bring people closer to the ocean. Through these activities, we have gained a better understanding of the actual situation at these locations, and have learned that because of the highly specialized nature of many seaside activities, local residents and the general public find it difficult to participate. This makes it hard to build relationships with other people engaged in similar activities, or to form new relationships with people working outside one’s own area of specialization.

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Promoting water safety awareness

To address these issues, The Nippon Foundation has decided to reposition its seaside activities from a “segment” focus to a “regional” approach. With this change, we realized that approaching seaside activities as a “region” from a cross-segment perspective, rather than supporting a particular segment, makes it possible to coordinate among organizations engaged in seaside activities in the same region and to encourage local residents to become more involved in these activities, thereby facilitating the resolution of seaside-related issues in the local area.

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A water safety class for children

The Nippon Foundation launched the Nagisa-no-Koban project to establish tangible starting points for this work. The project builds patrol stations that bring together various seaside activities, the people involved in those activities, and information related to those activities, in one place, cutting across organizations. This enables various local organizations and activities, including but not limited to those involved in local seaside activities, to work together, approaching the seaside as a surface rather than as a point, to enhance safety and peace of mind and create ocean environments that are accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

List of Nagisa-no-Koban

As of August 1, 2018, six Nagisa-no-Koban had been established across Japan.

Illustration: Map of Japan map showing Nagisa-no-Koban locations. Nagisa-no-Koban Obama (Obama City, Fukui Prefecture); Nagisa-no-Koban Omaezaki (Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture); Iwata Nagisa-no-Kyouryukan (Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture); Shimado Nagisa-no-Koban (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture); Hazako Nagisa-no-Koban (Saiki City, Oita Prefecture); Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban (Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture)
渚の交番島戸
(山口県下関市)
Shimado Nagisa-no-Koban
(Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
渚の交番小浜
(福井県小浜市)
Obama Nagisa-no-Koban
(Obama City, Fukui Prefecture)
渚の交番御前崎
(静岡県御前崎市)
Omaezaki Nagisa-no-Koban
(Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture
磐田渚の交流館
(静岡県磐田市)
Iwata Nagisa-no-Kyouryukan
(Iwata City, Shizuoka City)
はざこ渚の交番
(大分県佐伯市)
Hazako Nagisa-no-Koban
(Saiki City, Oita Prefecture)
青島渚の交番
(宮崎県宮崎市)
Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban
(Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture)

Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban
(Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture; opened in 2009)

This was the first Nagisa-no-Koban, and is operated and used by local residents.
To facilitate efficient beach operations, the Order for the Designated Management of Miyazaki City Aoshima Beach Center was enacted (taking effect in 2012).

Exterior of the Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban (left); A lifesaver teaching a course for children (right)
Activities Beach Center management, operation of Aoshima Beach Park, management of swimming areas, etc.
Facilities Administrative office, meeting space, boathouse, etc.
Managing organization Miyazaki City Tourism Association, Miyazaki City Lifesaving Club
Responsible local government entity Miyazaki City Tourism Association
Location Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture
Achievements Development of government policies: Order for the Designated Management of Miyazaki City Aoshima Beach Center (took effect in 2012).
Revitalization of local tourism: Companies’ opening of hotels, eating and drinking establishments, souvenir shops, hot springs, and gardens

Obama Nagisa-no-Koban
(Obama City, Fukui Prefecture; opened in 2014)

A new type of Nagisa-no-Koban, this beach house “uses the ocean as a local resource in the field of social welfare.”
Beach safety and environmental protection activities bring together local residents including older persons, persons with disabilities, and people without jobs.

Exterior of the Obama Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Workshop for children (right)
Activities Salt production business, operation of social welfare office, sales of marine products, etc.
Facilities Salt refinery, multifunction garden, outdoor stage, etc.
Managing organizations Community Network Fukui, Fukushinet Kouenkai
Responsible local government entity Obama City
Location Obama City, Fukui Prefecture
Achievements Development of government policies: Renovated as an official local government facility
Revitalization of local tourism: Hiring of persons with disabilities and older persons; Revitalization and expansion of health-promotion activities

Omaezaki Nagisa-no-Koban
(Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture; opened in 2014)

This beach house promotes the healthy upbringing of young children through environmental activities using a platform of education, industry, tourism, marine sports, local communities, and local residents and tourists.

Exterior of the Omaezaki Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Environmental classroom for children (right)
Activities Activities to promote marine education and the upbringing of young children, seaside environmental preservation, shoreline reclamation, etc.
Facilities Administrative office, multipurpose space, café, etc.
Managing organizations Omaezaki Smile Project, Omaezaki City
Responsible local government entity Omaezaki City
Location Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Achievements Spillover effect on local community: Recognition from Kikugawa Police Department for contribution to reduction in vehicle thefts
Safety and security measures: Annual joint rescue drills with government and private-sector organizations

Iwata Nagisa-no-Koryukan
(Iwata City, Shizuoka City; opened in 2016)

As a base from which to promote seaside food and leisure, the Koryukan features restaurants and shops selling fresh seafood and vegetables from the local Enshu region.

Exterior of the Iwata Nagisa-no-Koryukan (left); People enjoying the beach at Toyohama
Activities Beach cleanups, local regional promotion, various events, etc.
Facilities Administrative office, shops, kitchen, public space, etc.
Managing organization Marine Project
Responsible local government entities Iwata City, Fukuroi City
Location Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Achievements Local tourism revitalization: Increase in number of overnight visitors; Increase in number of persons buying local products; Increase in number of beach visitors

Hazako Nagisa-no-Koban
(Saiki City, Oita Prefecture; opened in 2018)

The patrol station works to survey and protect seaside environments and animals, to create a society with people living in harmony with nature.

Exterior of the Hazako Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Workshop for children (right)
Activities Beach cleanups, hands-on experiences, sea turtle preservation, etc.
Facilities Nature center, lodging facilities, public space, etc.
Managing organization Oita Environmental Conservation Forum
Responsible local government entities Oita Prefecture; Saiki City
Location Saiki City, Oita Prefecture
Achievements Development of government policies: Base location for tourism program being implemented by Saiki City
Local tourism revitalization: Increase in number of overnight visitors; Increase in number of persons buying local products; Increase in number of beach visitors

Shimado Nagisa-no-Koban
(Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture; opened in 2018)

The newest Nagisa-no-Koban is working with local residents to develop products using local specialties, and as a base for lifesaving activities in safety management and environmental preservation.

Exterior of the Shimado Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Group photo at the opening ceremony (right)
Activities Safety management, marine school, volunteer activities, workshops, etc.
Facilities Administrative office, multipurpose auditorium, infirmary, kitchen, etc.
Managing organization Shimonoseki Lifesaving Club
Responsible local government entity Shimonoseki City
Location Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Objectives Maintenance of seaside safety
Creating local roots for young people while achieving a recycling-oriented society.